In these darkest, wettest months, I retreat to the warmth of my kitchen to make my own sunshine. At this time of year I find cooking to be particularly soothing, preparing soups, dahls, chilli spiced noodles. I return to the ritual of baking bread, and I peruse my cookbooks for wholesome biscuits to dunk in my tea and to fill the after-school hunger gap.
Of all my January kitchen potterings however, nothing brightens my spirits like the making of my annual batch of marmalade. It’s been a ritual for several years now: the moment that I spot Seville oranges in the farm shop or the greengrocer, out comes the preserving pan in readiness for a Saturday afternoon at the kitchen table, up to my elbows in golden peel.
This year, I photographed the process and recorded my recipe as a story over on Steller. You can view by clicking below. I hope that it may bring a little sunshine to a grey day.